Nepal is a hiker’s paradise laden with ancient kingdoms, majestic mountains, and monasteries galore. Our gay trip begins with two days exploring the busy streets of Kathmandu, before we fly over the haunting Himalayas en route to the Everest region. Over two weeks we'll grace the same trails where many of the mountain’s epic ascents begin, slumbering in the tea houses of the world's highest inhabited villages. Our own hike reaches its own impressive heights with an overnight stay at Everest Base Camp (5,364m), where we can bask in the majesty of the Mother of the Universe, that epic mountain herself.
• Explore Kathmandu’s bustling Thamel neighbourhood
• Spy on monkeys at Swoyambhunath Temple
• Marvel at the stark white architecture, and sheer size, of the Boudhanath Stupa
• Wander amidst (mostly restored) teak and brick temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square
• Take a flight over Nepal's massive mountain peaks
• Watch the sun glisten off Mount Everest
• Trek to Everest Base Camp
• Explore charming Sherpa Villages
• Stay in quaint mountain teahouses
• Discover remote monasteries
• Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 16 breakfasts, 12 dinners
• 3-star hotel (4 nights), simple tea houses (12 nights)
• Expert Mountain Guides during our trek to Everest Base Camp
• Guided city tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square (Kathmandu)
• Return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss
• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Group Leader ($85-$170 USD)
• Gratuities for Mountain Crew ($100 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $50 USD)
Comfortable Hotels (4 nights), Simple Mountain Lodges (12 nights)
Our cozy mountain lodges provide comfortable twin share rooms, running/hot water, western toilets and hot meals, however they are not heated through the night in order to reduce the impact on the surrounding environment.
Joining/Finishing Point Hotel
Kathmandu Guest House, Kathmandu
The Kathmandu Guest House has affordable accommodations conveniently located in the popular tourist district of Thamel. It features 6 dining options and free private parking. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
The Kathmandu Guest House was the first ever hotel in Thamel, and used to be a 'Rana' mansion. Kathmandu Guest House is a 15-minute drive from Tribhuvan Airport and Patan Durbar Square. Numerous dining options and the Kathmandu Durbar Square are within walking distance of the hotel.
The rooms are in a green area and are fitted with large windows. They include a private bathroom that has a hot/cold shower.
Guests can purchase unique jewelry at the hotel's gift shop or rece beauty treatments at the salon.
Bahal Café in the hotel's courtyard provides buffet spreads and international dishes and Laskus restaurant features traditional Newari cuisine. Other dining options include pizza, mocktails and specialty coffee and breads.
Joining Point Instructions:
There is no airport bus service available at Tribhuvan, Kathmandu's International Airport. If you haven't pre-arranged a transfer, you will need to arrange a taxi upon arrival. This is very easy. There are two pre-paid taxi booths inside the terminal, one on each side as you exit the baggage claim area. They have fixed rates of 400 rps to anywhere in the Thamel area from 6am-8pm and 500 rps from 8pm - 6am. It's a 20 to 50 minute journey depending on the time of day and the traffic levels.
If you have pre-arranged a transfer through OUT Adventures, please exit the baggage area and look for a sign with your name or OUT Adventures. If you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your way to the joining point hotel using the above instructions. OUT Adventures will not be held responsible if your transfer is missed due to a delayed or cancelled flight, although our ground contact will do their best to accommodate.
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.
Today’s agenda is limited to an essential meeting at 5PM, where you’ll meet your group leader and we’ll discuss the journey ahead. This will be followed by an optional dinner near our hotel where you can start getting to know your fellow travellers.
PLEASE NOTE: travel delays are possible given the destination, so please fly in the day before if possible.
Today kicks off with a tour of Kathmandu. We’ll visit the Monkey Temple (Swoyambhunath), the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa. The afternoon includes a guided walk through Durbar Square, where one of the Kingdom’s royal palaces awaits. As Nepal was recently hit by a massive earthquake, some of these sites may remain under construction. That said, tourism dollars are vital to the reconstruction of these ancient sites, and the city remains a fascinating place to visit.
This morning we fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m/9,200ft) to begin our trek through the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We’ll descend into the forest and cross several tributary streams on our way to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), a settlement where we’ll spend the night. Most of our tea houses feature private rooms, en-suite washrooms, and hot running water you’ll warmly relish. While the rooms aren’t heated, you’ll be given an electric blanket or a surprisingly effective hot water bottle to keep you toasty through the night.
Today’s hike: about 3 hours.
This morning’s journey takes us through more magnificent forests that are ablaze with flowers every spring and fall. Prepare for several ascents and descents, but know that you’ll get your first glimpse of Mt Everest today. Once we reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,300ft), there will be time to explore the town, or to kick back with local beer while soaking in the view.
Today’s hike: about 6 hours.
After a morning hike we’ll lunch at the Everest View Hotel, once said to be the world’s highest hotel. We’ll then carry on to Tashinga (3,400m/11,100ft) for the night, a tranquil village set amidst pine forests, with breathtaking views of the Dudh Koshi Valley.
Today’s hike: about 5 hours.
Today begins with a short descent and bridge crossing, followed by a steep ascent through a shaded, cool forest. This takes us to the village of Thyangboche, from which we’ll descend to the end of the tree-line, followed by one more climb to Pangboche (3,930m/13,000ft) where we’ll spend the night. The Lama Sange Dorje (who brought Buddhism to the region) is said to have flown here from his Tibetan monastery, over the Himalayas no less.
Today’s hike: about 4 hours.
Passing through yak pastures before the area’s true sparseness reveals itself, we’ll encounter few villages, the odd wildlife, and perhaps a sherpa on our way to Pheriche (4,280m/14,500ft). For the next few days, the simple tea houses will reflect our serene surroundings... allow yourself to be immersed in this Buddhist calm.
Today’s hike: about 4 hours.
Today you may rest or partake in our optional (but highly recommended) acclimatization hike. We’ll either visit Nagajun Hill (5,050m,16,570ft) or Chukkhung village, soaking up views of lakes, glaciers, and famous peaks like Ama Dablam and Makalu.
Today’s hike: about 5 hours.
Moving at a sensible pace, we’ll traverse ice-covered torrents to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175ft), where stone houses sit amidst a frozen wilderness of stunning beauty. Sleep well and dream about tomorrow’s ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp!
Today’s hike: about 5 hours.
What a day! It’s our final assault towards Everest Base Camp (5,367m/17,600ft) – capture the moment with some selfies and share the glory with your fellow travellers. After the celebration, we’ll descend to the frozen lakebed of Gorakshep (5,160m/16,930ft), with stop at the world’s highest glacier (Khumbu).
Today’s hike: about 8 hours.
Without doubt, the best place to see Everest is from Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,190ft), and we’ll be there at sunrise for a breathtaking moment that truly leaves you feeling the world at your fingertips. We’ll then revisit the sandy expanse of Gorakshep on our way back down to Pheriche (4,280m/14,500ft).
Today’s hike: about 7 hours.
Today we return to Tashinga (3,400m/11,100ft) via Tengboche for lunch. It’s a gentle descent that crosses the Dudh Koshi torrent, which is fed by the Khumbu Glacier. Leaving behind alpine meadows, we’ll make our way through Deboche and Pangboche, with a chance to visit the region’s largest, most revered monastery.
Today’s hike: about 6 hours.
Retracing our steps from the beginning of our journey, we’ll spend tonight in Monjo (2,700m/8,860ft) at the newest, most luxurious of our tea houses. Sit back, relax, and savour your second last night in the Everest region!
Today’s hike: about 5 hours.
Our last day of hiking includes a trek back to Chaunrikhara. We’ll leave the main trail for a short climb to Lukla, where our base camp adventure began! Why not treat yourself to a beer as we revel in the glory of our time together in the Himalayas?
Today’s hike: about 5 hours.
This morning we fly back to Kathmandu. We typically book the earliest flight available for flexibility, in case there are weather delays. The rest of your day is free, after we check-in to our hotel.
Today offers more free time, and flexibility should we encounter flight delays or cancellations from Lukla. However, if everything proceeds as planned, we’ll many excursions to consider, such as a visit to the stunning town of Bhaktapur, which is hard at work recovering from the 2015 earthquake. There will also be an optional farewell dinner, followed by before drinks on the town.
You are free to depart at any time today, as there are no activities planned. We hope you enjoyed your time in Nepal with OUT Adventures!
How We Travel
OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal, which can be obtained from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. Further details will be provided once your booking has been confirmed.
Nepal is a developing country with infrastructure, values, customs and standards that may differ from what you have at home. Expect poor road conditions, and know that restaurants and tourist sites may be closed from time-to-time. Also, our scheduled transportation may be altered, or the itinerary changed, due to circumstances beyond our control. Having a sense of humour and being prepared to go with the flow will come in very handy on this expedition.
Local LGBT Scene:
Although Nepal may seem to be a leader in the fight for LGBT rights in Asia, there is actually little here to discover in terms of organized gay life.
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, and our Group Leader may need to change our itinerary accordingly. Travellers must be prepared for all weather conditions, but we do expect it to be primarily dry, with a chance of rain, and snow at higher elevations in the evenings. In the Everest Region, you can expect daytime highs around 15°C/60°F, with evening temperatures around 0°C/32°F to 5°C/41°F.
Based on entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed to enter Nepal. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as we cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type C/D/M sockets.
Our hotel in Kathmandu will have Wi-Fi access, but it's slow. However, most cafés and restaurants offer a free connection. Our tea houses will not have Wi-Fi, but you can purchase a local SIM card, since most of the villages will have cellular reception.
Please note domestic airlines in Nepal have strict luggage limits, with a maximum of 10kg for checked luggage, 5kg for hand luggage, and NO option to pay a surcharge for excess weight. However, if necessary, extra luggage can be stored at our hotel in Kathmandu. Also, due to adverse weather, flights to and from Lukla may be delayed or cancelled. If flight cancellations will gravely affect our itinerary, we may charter a helicopter charter, for which additional cost applies. If this happens, we will provide you with a support letter so you can make an insurance claim to recover the unexpected expenditure arising from conditions beyond our control (please review our Travel Insurance section below for more details).
Altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation may be felt while travelling in high altitudes. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy, and a reduced appetite. It's important that you drink plenty of water, and not overexert yourself. A comprehensive first-aid kit is carried by our support crew during treks, and senior staff are trained to prevent, detect and - if necessary - deal with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Contrary to what many say, AMS is not that common, at least not on well-paced treks.
For the trek on this trip, you'll be walking with your daypack, and faced with some potential weather extremes. The greatest enjoyment will come from the best preparation, so we recommend you partake in regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you aren't in the habit of being active. In addition to swimming, jogging, or bike-riding, take some mountain walks, or climb long staircases with a backpack.
For everybody's peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That's up to $200 you won't have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation. Here's what's covered:
• Unlimited Trip Interruption
• Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
• Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
• Baggage Delay up to $500
• Flight Accident up to $100,000
• Travel Accident up to $50,000
All OUT Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you'd like to delve deeper into the local culture.
OUT Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an OUT Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting about $250 USD.
The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee. Credit cards are accepted at our hotel, albeit with a small surcharge. We also recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used only in the case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.
What to Bring
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll be leaving it behind on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
Groups Within Groups
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time.